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Old 01-16-2012, 02:05 PM   #586
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Here's the latest FTS of my 55 gallon low tech tank:


I am in love with your tank..

It is very nice. I hope my tank will look as nice as this one day.
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Old 01-17-2012, 03:59 AM   #587
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Thanks I'll probably update my journal tomorrow or the day after, I need to do a water change and a trim. Since I put in some new root tabs and have been keeping up better with my fert dosing, my plants have been going nuts (well, for low tech anyways, lol.) The hygro is back up to the surface and the crypts have been filling in...it's looking pretty dense in there right now.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:30 PM   #588
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Default What exactly is a low-tech tank?

Everyone's tanks are gorgeous. I've just been getting back into the aq hobby after 15 years away and I don't know what that term is. What makes a tank a low-tech tank? They sound, by name, easy.
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Old 01-17-2012, 04:53 PM   #589
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What makes a tank a low-tech tank? They sound, by name, easy.
There are many definitions. Some say low light with Co2 injected or low light without Co2 injected.

It is not always easy. Living near a big city my water is bad (soft with high PH). As a result I use to have chronic problems with BBA (black brush algae). I over fed my fish and the nitrates rose. Since then no chronic BBA. Thus start with a lot of cheap plants and a few fish for 3 months. This the period that a tank may develop algae problems. HomeSimpson has found this true through many experiments.
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:29 PM   #590
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36 gallon corner tank

Hygro tiger, Hygro angustofolia, Hygro bold (in the left corner sitting there doing nothing :P), Crypt balansae, Lindernia india, Needle leaf java fern, some sort of crypt, Willow moss, Lilaeopsis mauritiana, Marsilea Minuta, Amazon frogbit


This tank is about 5 months old in its current state. No CO2, just Excel. Still trying to figure out the balance of ferts or whether I even need them at all.

Some of my hygro leaves have holes from lack of CO2. And the weeping moss doesn't like Excel very much so it's all a work in progress (: But you can't see any of that stuff from far away (;


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Old 01-18-2012, 07:35 PM   #591
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29G. Soil. Two x 24W T5. No filter, pump only.

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Old 01-18-2012, 09:27 PM   #592
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Wow Paul, that's amazing. Does anything live in there?
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Old 01-18-2012, 09:39 PM   #593
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I love these tanks, such a cool shape and weird space to play with and get really creative.
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:26 AM   #594
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Recent shots of my MrAqua 12" cube, after I moved all the fish and snails to the big tank, uprooted the stems and replanted the tops.







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Old 01-19-2012, 11:31 AM   #595
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Wow Paul, that's amazing. Does anything live in there?
Soon to be some Lemon Tetras, just waiting for the plant mass to increase as it's my main method of filtration.
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:38 PM   #596
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Zergling, I have almost the same exact plants in my 2.5 nano I've been struggling with for months now... do you have a hard time keeping the lower leaves on the ludwigia from dying off?
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:29 PM   #597
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Zergling, I have almost the same exact plants in my 2.5 nano I've been struggling with for months now... do you have a hard time keeping the lower leaves on the ludwigia from dying off?
Not really, as you can see from the pic of the pulled-up plants, even the lower leaves are all healthy. The lower portions that get shaded do turn green, but the rest are all a nice dark red - not as crimson red as in my high-light tank, but still a dark red.

The ADA Aqua Soil is probably playing a major role in this tank. The 3W LED light I have on there is low light, so I think the nutrient demand induced by the low lighting is matched perfectly by the nutrients provided by the soil and the miniscule fish food I drop on there.
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Not really, as you can see from the pic of the pulled-up plants, even the lower leaves are all healthy. The lower portions that get shaded do turn green, but the rest are all a nice dark red - not as crimson red as in my high-light tank, but still a dark red.

The ADA Aqua Soil is probably playing a major role in this tank. The 3W LED light I have on there is low light, so I think the nutrient demand induced by the low lighting is matched perfectly by the nutrients provided by the soil and the miniscule fish food I drop on there.
What brand of LED did you use on this tank?
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:20 PM   #599
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What brand of LED did you use on this tank?
Archaea 30cm LED. The one I have has all "white" bulbs. There may be better options out there (ask the led experts like iwannagofast), as I basically bought this specifically for the clean look
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WOW! just read all 40 pages over the last few day low tech is exactly what i want i'll be setting either a 15 or 30 up in my wife's class room because some how they stuck the english teacher with ecology for the rest of the year!
great group of folks great thread. I'll introduce my self in another thread most likely tomorrow.
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